Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Many religious groups actively support discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and in turn are fanning the spread of HIV.
“I ain’t going to no rally for AIDS,” he loudly opined. His friend empahticaly concurred.
With a tagline like “Saving the World’s Women,” we knew to be suspicious of the recent New York Times Magazine cover story on global women’s rights. Reading on, our suspicions were confirmed.
Stigma, discrimination, poverty, homophobia, racism, sexism, all fuel the spread of HIV and hurt those living with it. These issues are routinely cited as critical to ending the epidemic but rarely addressed in policies and prevention strategies.
Assurances that federal workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people will exempt religious bodies from oversight should mollify conservatives, but they don’t.
The Supreme Court has reversed the Second Circuit ruling in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the case in which white firefighters have argued that they had been discriminated against when a promotional exam on which no African-American firefighters scored highly enough to be promoted was discarded.
Across the country, focus groups reveal that many Americans are ill-informed about HIV and AIDS, but want to know more.
An Oklahoma public school teacher was forced to resign for teaching The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, a man who was murdered because he was gay.
Research findings indicate negative parental and social attitudes contribute to higher rates of suicide and substance abuse among gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. Support and acceptance, and even neutrality by parents, can lead to reduced rates of suicide among vulnerable teens and young adults.
In Nebraska older children abandoned under law for babies; Palin and Biden agree on gay rights at debate; McCain administration would be a setback for women; Bush puts popular California family planning program at risk; Complaints filed against Bloomberg for pregnancy bias; EU to offer 18 weeks of maternity leave; and more.